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Phil Whitman
updated: 07/19/2009
website: www.philwhitman.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Jorge in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Inlaws in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Justin in Devil's Den/Kids in Devil's Den
Paula in Devil's Den/ Jeff in Devil's Den
Courtney in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Moira in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Jenn in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Ryan in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
Girls on Devil's Den
Wheatfield Tree Ornament, Saratoga Battlefield
Dead Deer Diorama Case, Saratoga Battlefield
Saratoga Redoubt Tap
Original Six: Alcohol Dump
Original Six: Penalty Box
Installation View (including diorama Jimmy Carter Baptizing My Mom
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, childhood, autobiographical, landscape, narrative, memory, figurative, gender/sexuality
 
 
Jorge in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Jorge in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
21" x  27" 
Inlaws in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Inlaws in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Justin in Devil's Den/Kids in Devil's Den by Phil Whitman
Justin in Devil's Den/Kids in Devil's Den
watercolor, colored pencil and wax on paper
2009
24" x  30" 
Paula in Devil's Den/ Jeff in Devil's Den by Phil Whitman
Paula in Devil's Den/ Jeff in Devil's Den
watercolor, colored pencil and wax on paper
2009
18" x  28" 
Courtney in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Courtney in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
12" x  11" 
Moira in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Moira in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
13" x  17" 
Jenn in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Jenn in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
15" x  20" 
Ryan in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA by Phil Whitman
Ryan in Devil's Den, Gettysburg Battlefield, PA
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2008
10" x  14" 
Girls on Devil's Den by Phil Whitman
Girls on Devil's Den
gouache, colored pencil and wax on paper
2007
22" x  29" 
Wheatfield Tree Ornament, Saratoga Battlefield  by Phil Whitman
Wheatfield Tree Ornament, Saratoga Battlefield
gouache and colored pencil and wax on paper, mounted to wood
2006
0" x  0" 
Dead Deer Diorama Case, Saratoga Battlefield by Phil Whitman
Dead Deer Diorama Case, Saratoga Battlefield
colored pencil and wax on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Saratoga Redoubt Tap by Phil Whitman
Saratoga Redoubt Tap
colored pencil and wax on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Original Six: Alcohol Dump by Phil Whitman
Original Six: Alcohol Dump
colored pencil and wax on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Original Six: Penalty Box by Phil Whitman
Original Six: Penalty Box
colored pencil and wax on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Installation View (including diorama Jimmy Carter Baptizing My Mom by Phil Whitman
Installation View (including diorama Jimmy Carter Baptizing My Mom
paintings, drawings, photos, and diorama
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

For the past few years I have drawn images from battlefield parks and historical sites.  My fascination with these places dates from my childhood, through frequent family trips to such sites. Trails, markers, and monuments annotate the natural landscape, guiding tourists through the landscape to the precise place where some notable, and often violent event unfolded.  

The most recent body of work considers the Devil’s Den, an outcropping of huge boulders on the southern end of the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. This was the site of horrific fighting during the battle in 1863, and was especially noted as a haven for snipers. Over the course of the intervening century and a half, Devil’s Den has become one of the most popular destinations for visitors touring the battlefield. It seems that the historical significance of the place coupled with the fantastic natural landscape provides an irresistible backdrop for people to commemorate their visit. 

Lately, I have begun to collect thousands of photographs of tourists posing at the Devil’s Den, which have been posted on the Internet. I’m intrigued that so many people have posed themselves in similar positions in front of the very same rock.  This has been a spot that I have claimed for myself over the years: as a child, as an adolescent and as an adult. I find myself both heartened and somewhat jealous that so many other people have so easily possessed -through a photograph- the very spot that I’d claimed so long ago as my own. 

By painstakingly re-drawing and re-imagining these tourist photographs, I’m waging a measured campaign between the public and the private. The time it takes to recreate these images allows me to both commune with and selectively posses my fellow visitors, somehow perhaps recapturing a sense of Devil’s Den as a personal haunt.     

 

Artist Bio / CV

Born:  Saratoga Springs, NY, 1976

 

Education:

2004 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
M.F.A. in Painting.

2004 Brown University, Providence, RI.
Sheridan Teaching Seminar Certificate.

1999 Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
B.A. in Visual Arts and History.


Awards and Residencies:

2006-2007 Visual Arts Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown, MA (Second-Year Fellowship)

2005-2006 Visual Arts Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown, MA (Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellowship)

2005 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship

2005 Millay Colony For the Arts, One-Month Residency
Austerlitz, NY

2004 Nomination for 2004 Terra Foundation Summer Residency
Rhode Island School of Design Painting Department

2003 Nomination for 2003 Dedalus Foundation M.F.A. Fellowship
Rhode Island School of Design Painting Department

1999 Richard F. Martel Memorial Prize in the Visual Arts
Bowdoin College Department of Art


Exhibitions:

2007 

University Art Museum, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY. Mr. President.

Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA. Solo Exhibition

Provincetown Art Association Museum
Provincetown, MA. Fine Arts Work Center group show.

2006

ArtSpace, New Haven, CT.
Don’t Know Much About History.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME.
The Maine Print Project- Maine Printmakers: 1980-2005

Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA. Solo Exhibition

Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY.
Assessing War, Then and Now. (Two-Person show).


2004 

Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA.
North Adams Center for DeTourism. 

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RISD,                   Providence, RI. Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.

 Sol Koffler Graduate Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI.
Architecture and Morality. (Painting Group Show.)